Use basic electronics to create your own instruments and sounds. Then perform live! The ten members of Theremidi Orchestra (TO) will guide and assist participants during a five-day, hands-on and theoretical workshop. Participants will be acquainted with assembling two electronic sound devices and later provide sufficient knowledge on how to play them in noisy group improvisations.
The workshop will also provide a framework for aesthetic discussion, from how to improvise and work in a group and understanding the sound ranges of the instruments, to implications of collective feedback loops and concepts of social amplification. Then work collaboratively to develop the live performance.
Choose between following instrument* kits and then take it home with you:
Theremini // A basic theremin or hand proximity "instrument", developed under the mentorship of Borut Savski (member of Cirkulacija 2, Ljubljana-based sound art collective) and the TO crew.
And choose from one of the following:
TouchTone // A small synthesizer gadget can be played directly with fingers on the PCB board. The boards design and functionality was developed by Borut Savski and adapted a bit by the TO crew.
MicroNoise // MicroNoise is another synthesizer gadget with photosensitive controls (light sensor - LDR) developed by Christoph Stähli and Marc Dusseiller from SGMK and adapted partially by the TO crew.
*Changes in electronic signals boosted by different interactions with the devices can produce various noisy and loud structures and/or beeping and wheezing. The devices respond to light, touch or disturbances in the electromagnetic field.
After assembling the instruments, the group will start playing together and develop a concept for the public performance on Monday, September 15th, 2014. Daniel Neumann, curator of CT-SWaM, will assist in developing ideas for spatialization of the multi-channel performance.
About the Artists
Theremidi Orchestra (TO) is an audiovisual DIY community initiated by participants of the Theremini and Teremidi physical interface workshop, organised by Ljudmila – Ljubljana Digital Media Lab in May, 2011. Rather than a subject, TO is a verb, an ongoing workshop of noise and drone production. This hands-on electro noise ensemble exists in the present continuous, while referring to the history of electronic music. TO has a DIY/DIWO approach in making music and sound experiments, developing its own instruments based on open-source electronic circuits. Currently TO consists of ten active members, coming from different professional backgrounds. Theremidi Orchestra is a process of mutual understanding and solving problems in a horizontal manner. The process of production involves experimenting with sound outputs, mutual composition of music scores, shared responsibilities for individual parts of the process, etc. Thus far, the orchestra performed, exhibited and held workshops at over thirty festivals and exhibitions mostly in Europe e.g. Piksel Festival in Bergen Norway; LiWoLi Festival in Linz, Austria; PoolLoop in Zürich, Switzerland; U3: Triennial of Contemporary Art, Museum of Contemporary Art in Ljubljana, Slovenia, to name just a few.
Requirements & Prerequisites
- No previous skills necessary
- Small speaker set
- Headphones (notify Erica at email@example.com if don't have)
- Provisional antennas
- DIY sound effects (optional)
Sep 10, 11, & 12: 6pm - 9pm
- Introduction to TO instruments
- Assemble the kits (soldering included) & connect the devices into a single audio output
- Group sound theory
- Playing in the group (score, different sound modules) // experimenting with different sound variations of the devices (how to get from noise to ambiental) // developing the concept for the performance // score making
Sep 13: 2pm - 6pm (individual consultation sessions)
Exploring additional sound options (sound effects, PD, audio->visual )
Sep 14: 10am - 6pm
Preparations for the performance with TO (optional)
Sep 15, 8pm - 12am
8:45pm Performance I, “Sound happens in the group!” by workshop participants, experimental electronic noise sound
9:20pm Talk on topics around the community-based DIY orchestra between TO and Daniel Neumann
10:00pm Performance II, “Sound happens!” by Theremidi Orchestra (noise, experimental, techno, ambiental mash-up)
For more information about CT-SWaM and Daniel Neumann, click here.